I received my MFA in Fiction Writing in 2009 from the University of New Orleans then went right back to teaching high school math. (I have a minor in math from the College of William and Mary). It wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I decided to quit teaching and truly focus on my writing. I started this blog to hold me accountable to the goal of writing every day and seeing a novel to completion.
Since then, I have written four novels and am at work on another. In 2014, I got an agent at a reputable literary agency. In 2015, before he had a chance to submit my middle-grade novel to editors, he quit his job, and so I am (again) seeking representation.
In addition to reading and writing every day, I tutor middle and high school students, write math curriculum, and practice yoga.
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Writing is a lot like gardening.
Seeds are planted: a snatch of overheard dialogue, an intriguing person you used to know. The seeds are buried in your subconscious, and for a long time it seems as if your plots are empty. But then, overnight, something pokes out of the ground: an idea! The idea gives birth to a story that grows fat until it’s ripe enough to be picked.
But only if the garden is watered.
When I was younger, I thought my writing was inspired by a muse. An idea would spring forth out of my head as if it had come from nowhere. I thought I just had to sit back and wait for inspiration to strike. But now I realize that to make a seed sprout and grow, I need to write every day. It doesn’t matter so much what I write. My plots might seem empty right now, but I will use this blog to water my mind with words and hope one day my garden will bear fruit.